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Nigeria elections: PDP speaks on attack on Osinbajo

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kwara State has denied involvement of its members and supporters in the attack on Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo’s convoy in Ilorin on Wednesday.

Osinbajo was in Ilorin for the door-to-door campaign rally of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other activities of the party, when his convoy was attacked.

Reacting, the Kwara PDP in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, however, noted that the incident was an intraparty affair involving members of the APC, arising from the endless crisis confronting the party.

He added that crisis, however, broke out when Osinbajo got to Alanamu ward of Isale-Aluko, which is the base of two former governorship aspirants of the APC, Lukman Mustapha and Moshood Mustapha, who have been engulfed in superiority war.

“It was also gathered that the money released to be shared among party supporters triggered the violence.

“Our party has no time for violence as we have been busy preparing for the presidential and national assembly elections coming up on Saturday as well as the governorship and State Assembly elections.

“Once again, we emphasise that the PDP has no hand in the fracas and we reject any attempt by the APC to link our party to the crisis. We advise them to resolve the lingering crisis in their party.

“We also urge security agencies to thoroughly investigate this matter and not to indiscriminately arrest innocent people who have no connection with this unfortunate incident,” he said.

Nigeria Election: Five things electorates should know

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Nigerians will troop out on Saturday to elect new leaders for another four years.

The general elections will commence with the presidential and National Assembly elections holding on Saturday.

Veloxnews brings you five major information to note as an eligible voter.

Voting Time:

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), polling stations will open voting from 8am to 2pm.

However, voters in the queue before the close of poll at 2pm will be accredited and allowed to vote.

Card readers would read from 8am to 10pm, after 10 pm card, readers would automatically shut down.

NOTE: INEC Chairman, however, noted that the timing is not rigid as allowance will be made for adjustments till the last person on the queue has voted provided the person is on the queue before 2 pm.

Number of Presidential Candidates:

Seventy-three political parties are fielding candidates for the presidential election, though a number of candidates have pulled out of the race.

There are also many parties contesting the 109 Senate seats and 360 positions at the House of Representatives.

The five major presidential contenders are:

President Muhammadu Buhari- All Progressives Congress, APC.

Atiku Abubakar – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Fela Durotoye -Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN

Omoyele Sowore – Africa Action Congress, AAC

Kingsley Moghalu -Young Progressives Party, YPP.

Those Eligible to participate in the voting process?

Any prospective voter must be a Nigerian citizen, be 18 years and above, possess a permanent voter card (PVC) and be in the voter register where he/she is assigned to vote.

WHERE TO VOTE:

INEC says no one will be allowed to vote at a polling unit other than the one where he/she registered and got accredited.

Offenses Voters must not make at polling units:

1.No shouting of slogans concerning the election, or in support of any party, No one should be in possession of an offensive weapon or wear any apparel calculated to intimidate voters.

2. No one is allowed to use a vehicle bearing the colour or symbol of a political party or candidate

3. No one is allowed to loiter at polling units without lawful excuse after voting or after being refused to vote.

4. No one is allowed to snatch or destroy any election materials and no one is allowed to blare siren.

Osun elections: Panic in Osun community as suspected PDP, APC thugs clash

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The sleepy community of Igangan, in Atakumosa East Local Council Development Area of Osun State has been thrown into serious turmoil following a political crisis that engulfed the area.

Veloxnews reports that scores of suspected political thugs, armed with dangerous weapons reportedly invaded Igangan on Sunday night, February 17, 2019 and started unleashing terror on the people.

According to the monarch of the town, Oba Adetomiwa Thomas Akanni, the assailants numbering about 9 from a neighbouring town, attacked the Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Segun Agbara, in which his house and car were set ablaze.

The traditional ruler explained that the attack on the APC chieftain triggered a reprisal from APC members in the town, who went on rampage and eventually razed a building belonging to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, women leader, Mrs Muibat Salawu, and three other apartments owned by members of PDP.

He expressed sadness over the incident, saying he has never witnessed such crisis since he ascended the throne about 32 years ago.

Speaking in the same vein, a palace Chief, High Chief Obasola Olalere, said “we heard those who invaded our community were cultists from a neighbouring town of Iwara.

“Our hunters could not face them because of the sophistication of their weapons “.

When our Correspondent visited the town on Thursday, the PDP women leader, whose house was also razed, recounted her ordeal, saying” It was about 8pm on Sunday when we started hearing gun shots. I was with my children at home when I saw the house of my brother, Chief Agbara, who is a Chairman of APC already on fire.

“I received a call that I should run away. I was escaping through the bush, together with my children when I heard them saying that my house should be razed.

“I discovered that the callous act was a retaliation by APC members. I am a Chief in the palace, I am the leader of fruit sellers and I am also the leader of Muslim women in the town. I had monies kept with me by those groups I led. I have N5 million cash, aside 200 gallons of palm oil, motorcycle and a drum of honey. They stole my son’s laptop, broke the box and took money before they set the house on fire.

In her reaction, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Abiodun Ige, said all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful conduct of election in the area on Saturday.

The CP, who said the police had not made any arrest, asserted that investigations are going on to get to the root of the matter and make culprits to face the wrath of the law.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje said the police and other security agencies have given the commission assurance that election would hold in the area.

He said he met with security chiefs on Tuesday and they promised to lead staff of INEC to the area on Friday.

“Security agencies working in the state have assured us that we are safe to conduct election in the area. They said they are in control and election should go on.”

Nigeria Election: INEC releases total number of registered voters, PVC collection per State

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Ahead of February 23 presidential election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said 72 million Nigerians collected their permanent voter cards (PVCs).

The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while addressing a press conference in Abuja.

Yakubu said, ”72.7 million Nigerians who have collected their PVCs represent 86.3 percent of the over 84 million registered voters in the country.”

He added that the uncollected cards had been deposited at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Below is the total number of registered voters and PVC collected per state.

Nigeria Elections: APC reveals what PDP is doing ahead of Saturday

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday raised alarm of cash for votes in circulation ahead of Saturday’s elections in Nigeria.

The party claimed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had ordered distribution of money across the country.

In a statement by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the Party, however, appealed to all Nigerians and APC members not to be involved in any act of electoral malpractice and irregularities.

Issa-Onilu said: ‘We caution Nigerians and all involved in the electoral process not to be influenced by huge money the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is moving around to buy votes and compromise the system.

“Our future should not be mortgaged to the leaders of PDP who are using our commonwealth they stole over 16 years to seek a return to power.

“We should stay safe and work collectively to ensure that the General Elections are free, fair, transparent and credible.

“Security agencies have been given the marching order to bring the full weight of our laws to bear on anyone that perpetrate violence or electoral offence no matter how highly placed.

“We encourage our members to come out to vote and protect the ballots. Our great party has enough support nationwide to win with a landslide.

“We must now work to ensure that the election is decided by one man one vote, which guarantees our victory.”

Police arrest 6 suspected armed robbers, car snatchers in Kano

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The Kano State Police Command has arrested six suspected armed robbers and car snatchers who have been terrorising Kano residents.
NAN reports that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Wakili Muhammad, disclosed this while presenting the suspects to newsmen at the command’s Headquarters in Kano on Thursday.

Muhammad said the suspects whom were all of Sheka quarters, had been dispossessing residents of Sheka, Zoo Road, Tudun Maliki, Tukuntawa and Maidile quarters of their valuables.

He said an English made pistol was recovered from three of the suspects, Auwalu Adamu, Mohammed Suleman and Abdullahi Iliyasu.

He said the other suspect, Ahmed Abubakar of Mil Tara in Kano, who specialised in snatching exotic cars on Highways, allegedly conspired with the others whom were now at large.

“The suspect drove to a hideout located in the above address where they disassembled and sold spare parts to unsuspecting members of the public.

“One Toyota Hiece Computer bus, one Golf Wagon and a Hummer bus are the vehicles they disassembled,” the commissioner said.

He said the two other syndicates of car snatchers of Ladanai quarters were nabbed in Kano with a Toyota Hilux.

He added that command had also arrested one Mohammed Sani of Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa with 6, 750 locally made knives concealed in sacks.
Muhammad said the suspect was intercepted at Kwanar Dumawa village in Danbatta Local Government Area of Kano State, and that the suspect was on transit to Katsina State with the exhibit for unspecified mission.

He also said that as part of efforts to rid the state of fake and counterfeit drugs, the command had intercepted two trailers loaded with fake and expired drugs.

He said investigations were ongoing after which the suspects would be charged to court.

Nigeria Elections: Lagos Commissioner of Police speaks on order from Abuja

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The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Zubairu Muazu, on Thursday, expressed the Command’s readiness for a hitch free elections in the state.

He said this was in line with the order the Force Headquarters in Abuja gave him when he was appointed commissioner.

The CP assured that all black spots in the state were under serious check.

Muazu told newsmen on Thursday that 30,000 men from the police and sister security agencies have been trained to provide security to all parts of the state before, during and after the elections.

He said that the command would handle electoral offences according to the electoral laws, stressing that anyone arrested for committing any electoral offence would be prosecuted according to the Electoral Act.

“When I became the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, I met a robust operation order to cover the election.

“Our responsibility is to make sure there is a safe environment for the people to vote without any form of intimidation.

“Our major role starts from the INEC office, monitoring officials as they go about their duties and security of electoral materials to and from various polling units.

“We have deployed policemen and other security agencies to all polling units to ensure orderliness. There will be security at the collation centres when votes are being counted and for those that want to celebrate after the winner is announced.

“Our duty also continues after the elections to provide security at election tribunals, investigate electoral offenders and prosecute as we may be needed to give evidence at election tribunal,” he said.

Muazu said the police would be performing these duties in addition to the routine crime duties of the police to protect life and property.

“We will leave no stone unturned as there will be normal patrols and standby units at the command headquarters to ensure no breach of peace escalates,” he said.

He added that the police would give no room for clashes among rival cult groups before, during and after the elections, adding that effort was on to round up suspected cultists at Oworonsoki, Bariga and Fadeyi areas of the state.

Muazu once again warned trouble makers and suspected criminals to turn a new leaf or face the wrath of the law.

APC chairman caught on camera campaigning for AA candidate

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Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ade Adetinmehin, has been caught on camera soliciting the support of electorate in Idanre local government area of Ondo State for the candidate of Ifedore/Idanre Federal Constituency on the platform of Action Alliance, Sunday Akinwalere.

The APC chairman, who was addressing the people of Idanre in Ondo dialect during a campaign rally ahead of the Saturday’s election, which had been postponed from the earlier scheduled date of 16th February, urged the people of the constituency to cast their vote for the AA candidate, stating the he is the choice of the party (APC).

According to Adetinmehin, he emphasized that Idanre has been for long marginalized, particularly that the town has never produced House of Representatives member.

Adetinmehin, a native of Idanre who spoke in Ondo dialect, said that “It’s our time in Idanre, Ifedore has done it for 16 years. Our support must go to our son who is from Idanre, Sunday Akinwalere, who is contesting under the AA party.

“On Saturday, vote enmass for him (Sunday Akinwalere). When he emerges victorious at the poll on Saturday, we will all move back to APC on Sunday.

“I appeal to my fathers and mothers here that for this to become a reality, it lies with you.”

However, Veloxnews had gathered that the APC candidate for the Ifedore/Idanre federal constituency, Bamidele Baderinwa who is currently representing the constituency at the National Assembly is from the same Idanre town with the APC Chairman.

It was also gathered that they have been no love lost between the APC Chairman and Baderinwa which was due to the alliance of the lawmaker with the Tinubu’s faction of APC in the state.

Recall that Veloxnews had reported that following the failure of the anointed candidates of the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to secure tickets under the APC during its primaries held last year, they were directed by the governor to contest the election under the AA platform.

Nigeria decides: INEC Chairman, Yakubu reveals those who won’t vote during elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday warned that there will be no voting for those without Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.

INEC’s Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu also said those whose PVCs are not recognized by the Commission’s Smart Card Readers won’t be allowed to vote during the general elections, starting from Saturday.

Yakubu stated this during the Commission’s daily briefing in Abuja.

He said: “The commission has operated under the policy that no citizen can vote without the PVC issued by the commission and read by the smart card reader.

“Having announced the total number of registered voters and their distribution by age, gender and occupation, citizens deserve the right to know how many PVCs have been collected across the country.

“The last date for the collection of PVCs was Monday 11th February 2019.”

Nigeria Elections: APC warns Nigerians ahead of Buhari, Atiku battle

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Nigerians to reject treasury looters who want to hijack presidential power by hook or crook.

Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Thursday told the electorate to again reject the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their discredited candidates.

He said “never again should Nigerians allow them return to power to continue embezzling our resources.”

The spokesman said: “We must all remember how, under the PDP’s 16-year watch, our commonwealth was wantonly privatized and used to fund their political activities. The world has been daily assailed by outcomes of investigations showing the humongous funds that past PDP administrations stole and laundered for private use.

“In the most inhumane manner, counter-insurgency votes where channeled to private pockets while terrorists ravaged communities, the citizenry and siezed our territory.

“Our national economy was pushed to the verge of recession and cleverly papered over with voodoo economics employed by the PDP administrations.

“Confronted with the realities of a poorly-managed national economy and neglected infrastructure, the APC took over the administration of the country when Nigeria began slipping into recession. Commendably, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration worked prudently to pullout the country from recession.

“Today, the APC administration has degraded Boko Haram that had under the previous administration annexed and hoisted their flags in at least 28 local government areas in the northeast zone.

“We have also been surefooted in the fight against corruption, rebuilding our dilapidated infrastructure and diversifying our economy.

“While the choices that have presented themselves before us in these elections are many; the APC offers the best credible alternative in terms of an incorruptible presidential candidate that can sustain the march towards a national rebirth.

“We therefore call on our country men and women to choose between moving forward to the Next Level of economic growth, shared prosperity, infrastructural development, and secure future, which the APC and President Buhari offer; or going backward to the era of looting and plundering of our commonwealth by a few elites, which the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar offer.”